TimesOC: Why a lawsuit alleges gangster-like tactics against one Disneyland social club

TimesOC: Why a lawsuit alleges gangster-like tactics against one Disneyland social club
Pins and patches adorn the vest of a Flynn's Riders social club founder. Flynn's Riders is one of about 100 Disneyland social clubs. (Patrick T. Fallon / For The Times)

Good morning. It's Wednesday, Feb. 14. Here's what's been happening around O.C.

Top story

They're Disneyland superfans. Why a lawsuit alleges gangster-like tactics against one social club


They stroll through Disneyland in packs of 20 or more, motley crews that resemble a cross between the Hells Angels motorcycle gang and a grown-up Mickey Mouse Club with their Disney-themed tattoos and their matching denim vests strewn with trading pins and logos. Disneyland social clubs, by most accounts, are harmless alliances of friends and family who meet up at the park to share a nerdy obsession for all things Disney. How threatening could they be? Los Angeles Times

Around the county

Huntington Beach panel pledges support for preserving Wintersburg


Historical preservation advocates from around Southern California attended a Huntington Beach advisory board meeting to express support for protecting Historic Wintersburg, a property with ties to early 1900s Japanese American history that reportedly is for sale and could become a storage facility. Daily Pilot

Flower Festival in Westminster sets the scene for Tet

The Lunar New Year is almost here and even those who don't celebrate it might want to swing through the Asian Garden Mall in Westminster. TimesOC

UC Irvine objects to WHO's plan to list 'gaming disorder'

After learning of the World Health Organization's plan to add "gaming disorder" to its list of mental health conditions, UC Irvine published a response against the classification, arguing that for a majority of players, video and other games have a positive influence. Daily Pilot

Business & real estate

John Wayne Airport to propose fee increase for ride services

Shuttling travelers to and from John Wayne Airport could soon get more expensive for ride services such as Uber and Lyft under a proposal by airport officials. Daily Pilot

Lido House hotel construction is in the home stretch in Newport

The Lido House hotel is weeks away from opening in Newport Beach. The Cape Cod-style exterior is all but finished and detail work is well underway inside the four-story, 130-room luxury hotel on the former City Hall site. Daily Pilot

Disneyland resort raises prices as much as 18%

The Disneyland resort raised prices over the weekend, several months before the park plans to unveil a remake of its boardwalk-themed area at the California Adventure Park. Los Angeles Times


All Coco in Tustin goes nuts over coconuts

Slide over cupcakes, cronuts and ice cream macaroons — there's a new dessert in town. This one stars coconuts. All Coco has opened its first American outpost at the Union Market in Tustin. TimesOC

Life & arts

James Cummins uses sign language to interpret theater performances

Cummins has worked as an American Sign Language interpreter for 22 years, most recently providing his services for theater performances at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa. TimesOC

Alexander McQueen and Givenchy boutiques to open at South Coast Plaza

Luxury fashion houses Alexander McQueen and Givenchy will open boutiques in late spring at South Coast Plaza, joining the largest concentration of high-fashion retailers in the world. TimesOC

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